Even well-developing teens can be frustrating – they seem to be so smart and yet act in ways that defy logic. And then we have the challenging youth who have even more problems getting things right. This presentation will review current brain research on the normal development of the teen brain. Then we will look at the effects of adverse childhood experiences on brain development. This information will help with understanding the roots of challenging behaviours. The underlying framework for this presentation is the Neufeld attachment-based developmental paradigm.
When youth lash out, be it verbally, physically or even inwardly, we do all we can to change this violating and dangerous behaviour. So many of the conventional responses to these behaviours only seem to make them worse or serve to push them “underground”. Using the Neufeld paradigm, we will explore aggression’s emotional roots. With this new understanding we will then look at interventions that are more likely to help alter these behaviours.
Youth who are challenging are usually stuck emotionally. This presentation will allow the participants to understand how to help youth soften their defenses so that growth can happen. The key to these interventions is a safe relationship with a caring adult who can protect and guide all the while providing a space for emotional expression. The road is not always easy, even when relationships are strong. Suggestions will be made for how to hold on to the youth when times are rocky.
Jamie Orchard speaks with Eva de Gosztonyi from the Centre of Excellence for Behaviour Management about what kind of support schools could provide for bullies. She believes that these children are vulnerable and need help and shares a few interesting suggestions to help change behaviour.